We trace the history of the Central Line from its early beginnings through to the present day, using a mixture of still photographs and archive film - courtesy London's Transport Museum - and modern film. We see Central London Railway stock on the Ealing Broadway branch, the Building of Holborn Staion, and the opening of the post war extensions - with pre 1938 'Standard Stock'. Steam on the Epping to Ongar shuttle is covered by Alan Willmott's classic 1956 film.
This DVD contains many other interesting flashbacks, including ATO trials with '1960 Stock' on the Hainault to Woodford shuttle, and the building of the new booking hall at Oxford Circus, involving the temporary 'umbrella bridge' for road traffic. The 1986 prototypes for new Central Line stock are seen, operating on the Jubilee Line. There is considerable sound-film coverage of the period when the line was operated by '1962 Tube Stock', including the Epping to Ongar shuttle. '1992 Stock' is seen under construction at BREL in Derby, and being delivered to Ruislip depot.
The latter part of this DVD covers much of the present day scene, including interesting aspects of rolling stock, infrastructure, and station architecture, including the 'Waterloo & City Line' when it became part of the Central Line Business Unit.
Duration: 103 minutes
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